The future of inexperienced students

Looking back on my schooling years, I wonder if students investigating options regarding their future are qualified enough to do so. I understand and agree that each individual should make his or her own decisions as to what they want to do with their life, but with so much inexperience it’s difficult for one to make an informed decision.

We ask 18-year-olds to make huge decisions about their career and financial future, when a month ago they had to ask to go to the bathroom.

– Adam Kotsko

I remember reading through numerous articles that described the role and function of certain occupations and basing my future prospects off of what sounded good. There was no trial period where I could try my hand at certain jobs to see for myself what it involved; just a lot of reading.

During high school it seemed that there wouldn’t be a day go past when you wouldn’t hear talk of the Overall Position (OP), more info here. It’s made out to be the most important thing there is during life at school and to a certain degree it is. As a university student though, I can now safely say that it’s not as important as they make it out to be.

The majority of employers aren’t going to be too concerned with your high school marks or the OP you received. They’re more interested in your past experience, your character and more important achievements such as a Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma. It doesn’t matter if you got an OP1 and High Achievements in all of your classes; if you don’t fulfil their needs, they won’t fulfil yours.

That’s not to say that school is unimportant; quite the opposite in fact. To me, school is about giving students the information they need so as to go about the rest of their lives. Whether their next step includes university, an apprenticeship or a job, they should feel confident that what they’ve learnt is valuable.

So yes, school students are inexperienced, but what good is experience if you don’t possess the ability to acquire that experience. So much pressure is placed on the shoulders of teenagers to make major decisions regarding their career and financial future. Perhaps some of that pressure should be alleviated and focused on teaching students how to learn.


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